A U.S. Secret Service agent serving on Vice President Mike Pence’s detail has been suspended after allegedly soliciting a prostitute while off duty at a Maryland hotel. Police said that they received a call from a hotel manager who was concerned about activity in one of the hotel’s rooms, and arrested the agent on charges of solicitation as he exited the hotel.
The arrest was only the latest in a string of incidents to plague the Secret Service in recent years. In 2015, Secret Service officer Lee Robert Moore was arrested after he sent naked pictures of himself to a Delaware State Police detective posing as a 14-year-old girl. In March of this year, Moore pleaded guilty to charges of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and for attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.
Also in 2015, Xavier Morales, a senior supervisor at the Secret Service, was suspended after allegedly sexually assaulting a female employee. Later that week, an off-duty agent was arrested after reportedly trying to break into the home of his ex-girlfriend.
In 2014, three Secret Service agents were reprimanded and sent back to the U.S. after one of them was found passed out in an Amsterdam hotel ahead of then-President Barck Obama’s visit. Two years prior, nine agents lost their jobs after being caught in a prostitution scandal ahead of Obama’s trip to the Summit of the Americas. The incident occurred after the agents brought women back to their hotel after a night of clubbing in Cartagena. One of the women had reportedly demanded payment for the night, and went to police after the agent refused.
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